Yarn

When planning a band, your choice of yarn can be the difference between a fun weave and a deeply frustrating one. Try to choose a smooth, strong, tightly twisted yarn. A fluffy yarn will be sticky and difficult to work with and a loosely twisted yarn is likely to fall apart due to friction from the movement of the tablets. If the yarn has any mohair content, run for the hills!

loose fluffy yarn unsuitable for tablet weaving
Some of my early handspun; completely unsuitable for tablet weaving

You also need to consider if your colours will work well together. Borrowing a little from heraldry, the rule of tincture is a helpful framework. A metal (gold/ yellow and silver/ white) should not be placed next to a metal and a colour (red, green, blue, black, purple etc) should not be placed next to a colour. This means that the pattern will be easy to distinguish from a distance (even if you aren't viewing it from across a battlefield). 
If do you plan to place a colour next to a colour, make sure that there is enough contrast between them. Try taking a picture of the yarns next to each other, then applying a greyscale/ grayscale filter. If you can't tell which is which, you may want to reconsider your colour choices or place a more contrasting colour between them.

A black, white and blue/ green tablet woven band
The same band as above, in greyscale, showing that the blue and green are too similar to be distinct from each other
A band I wove about 12 years ago with a Greek keys pattern. The Greek keys in the middle blue/ green section (above) are difficult to make out because the colours don't have enough contrast and look like the same colour when put through a greyscale filter (below)

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